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    HEADS OF DELEGATIONS AT SIX-SIDED NEGOTIATIONS IN BEIJING DISCUSS DRAFT OF FINAL DOCUMENT

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    BEIJING, February 27 (RIA Novosti) - The meeting of the heads of the delegations at the six-sided negotiations on the DPRK nuclear problem in Beijing opened on Friday in the afternoon to discuss the draft final document which must reflect the points of contiguity in the positions of all the sides.

    As RIA Novosti learned from the diplomatic sources in the Chinese capital, this meeting is held for the first time since the beginning of the negotiations on February 25.

    The "second" persons from each delegation also attend this meeting.

    The day before, February 26, the head of the Russian delegation, Alexander Losyukov, said that the sides had come to the conclusion that it was necessary to fix the possibility of the DPRK giving up its nuclear programs. This position of Pyongyang was confirmed at the negotiations but with some reservations: the DPRK must receive guarantees to its existence without a threat to its sovereignty.

    Nevertheless, the diplomat expressed the hope that the document will "reflect the basic principles," that is, giving up nuclear programs and, in turn, granting the DPRK security guarantees and, possibly, the necessity of continuing the negotiation process and forming a working group of experts.

    The point is, however, that North Korea's representatives did not take part in the session of the editorial commission on February 26 on drafting a final document.

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